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There’s nowt so queer as folk

Over the course of the UK’s lockdown from which we are now gradually emerging – I’ve no doubt in common with many Rusters and indeed other people of intelligence and a degree of artistic or creative sensibility – I experienced a wide range of different reactions and moods, some of [...]

July 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Trouble zooming up

Like some of you and all of the Rust contributors I had never heard of Zoom 3 months ago. Now it is an indispensable means of communication and its net worth as a company more than the seven biggest airlines put together. Yet I don’t like it. An enterprising lady in our Spanish class set up [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Plenty of hot air but still going nowhere fast

These are indeed strange times. Over the past seven months one doesn’t need have to travelled too far down the avenue of degrees of cynicism to have gained the impression that the world has taken leave of its senses and that every principle of the human condition – and quite possibly also [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

An unwelcome ‘Road to Damascus’ moment

That’s it – I’ve had it up to here now … and from this point forward I shall be going to go to my grave behaving as disgracefully as I can. Those Rusters who have been following this organ from the very first will be aware of our mission statement to observe and comment upon the world [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Buying into a fantasy – meanwhile, others are living one

We’ve learned plenty about the human race – and individual nations – during this cornonavirus crisis and like the proverbial curate’s egg some of it has proved to be good only ‘in parts’. Unfortunately for him, former Tory prime minister John Major will forever be associated with the [...]

June 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Das Boot : a historian’s view

Bernadette Angell (TV critic of the Rust) asked me to appraise the historical  accuracy of Das Boot.      I have seen the much-acclaimed 1981 film which Neil Rosen rates as one of the best war films ever. Aside from the accusation levelled by a New York Nazi, which may have been propaganda, [...]

June 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

A trip into the countryside

Yesterday afternoon I travelled up the M40 to visit my daughter Grace for only the second time since the end of February, almost three weeks before the UK’s lockdown began, when she had announced she was pregnant. A combination of the lockdown rules and a natural desire on her part to avoid risks [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Football is indeed back but not necessarily as we know it, Perkins

Following the resumption of football’s Premier – and other – league seasons there has been much discussion of how playing in empty seasons due to the current post-lockdown restrictions has impacted teams, back-room staff, broadcasters and the game generally. Opinions are somewhat [...]

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Going ‘off piste’ for a moment

One of the Rust’s engaging features to my mind – consistent with comments made by many of its readers that write to me – is its unique and somewhat haphazard approach to its mission. I’ve lost count of those I fall into conversation with – especially those with connections to marketing [...]

June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming out of lockdown (not really)

I’m sure I’m not alone in taking what might appear to be a somewhat laidback approach to where we have reached in the UK’s version of the ongoing coronavirus crisis – partly fuelled by the impression gained from all we read, see and hear that it’s all very complicated, there are [...]

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

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